Chandigarh: Railways have penalised 11 people misusing the free WiFi facility at railway station without having a valid ticket. Railways have initiated the drive to to check the misuse of the facility. On day one railways penalized 11 people imposing a total fine of Rs 2430.
Chandigarh station superintendent T P Singh said that it was observed that some free buffs have been misusing the facility at the railway station. During the drive it was discovered that 11 such people penalized did not hold any type of valid tickets, neither passenger ticket and nor platform ticket.
Singh said, “The free wifi facility is purely for the facility of the legitimate passengers or those who buy platform ticket. As at present the facility is being provided to those who even have the platform ticket but later the password will be provided only after entering the PNR number. To check the misuse a drive has been initiated to drive away the violators.”
Recently a joint venture of RailTel and Google, wifi routers were fitted at platforms to give free internet access to the passengers either waiting on the platforms or in waiting halls. The free wifi facility was passed on to the passengers in August. Three routers have been fixed at each platform.
The facility did gave initial jerks but later it started functioning smoothly. The facility which was to be availed by sending a message to a particular number and then adding the PNR number to get a password for first hour.
However at present the password is being received without entering the PNR number because of which the access was made available to all. One of the railway official said that people from nearby colonies also started using the facility while loitering on the platforms.
The internet access on PNR number is free till passenger boards the train and on platform ticket for two hours, the validity of the ticket. Railway officials also said that the free wifi facility is only to be provided to those holding train ticket.
The project is being managed by RailTel, a public sector undertaking, and Google. The officials said the collaboration between the RailTel and Google delayed the process.
Officials said that the Wi-Fi services will be free for the first 60 minutes for 24 hours period, following which it will be chargeable.
By November, various projects, including installation work of four lifts and escalators on the Panchkula side, work of double-lining of the Dappar-Chandigarh track would be completed, he said.
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